Recently at Milne Grove School, 13 teachers, the principal, and I participated in a professional learning meeting about assessing and developing students' oral language. What is oral language, anyway?
Oral language is the language your child uses to speak. When they ask questions, make demands, express emotions, or play pretend, they are using their oral language. We want students to improve their oral language because it will help them communicate their needs better. They will do better in school. They will be better able to express feelings, wants and desires. They will enjoy their friends more. And, they will enjoy their parents more, too!
So how can parents help their child's oral language at home? The best thing you can do is talk to them a lot.
Even if you have older students, it is not too late to support your child's oral language development. Use this list to start fresh talking to your child more.
For more information about supporting your child's language, the link below has a few great ideas for parents.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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